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SPEAKERS

Dr Alvaro Laga Canales
Dr Alvaro Laga Canales He is currently an Assistant Professor of Pathology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. He serves as co-director of the Dermatopathology and Medical Microbiology fellowship programs at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Laga is an associate dermatopathologist and a consultant for infectious diseases. His academic interest focuses on the role of histopathology in the diagnosis of infectious disease and best clinical practices in pathology. He is interested in promoting excellence and access to anatomic pathology and laboratory services globally. To this end, he participated in the design and implementation of the Masters of Medicine in Pathology training program in Rwanda, where he dedicates one month per year to teaching and mentoring residents, assisting with the review of cases, and capacity building in Anatomic Pathology in Rwanda since 2013. Dr. Laga has published more than 45 articles, 17 book chapters and co-edited one book. 

Dr Anderson Mutuiri
Dr Anderson Mutuiri completed his medical school training at Moi University in Eldoret. He thereafter completed his postgraduate training in anatomical pathology at the Department of Pathology, Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi. He has been working there as a staff pathologist since 2013. He has also since completed a clinical fellowship in renal pathology at the Toronto General Hospital and the University of Toronto, Canada. Dr Mutuiri’s areas of practice are autopsy pathology, histo- and cytopathology with expertise in medical kidney biopsy interpretation. His dissertation thesis was on the expression of biomarkers in ovarian carcinomas in Kenyan women. His current research interests are non-communicable diseases and oncopathology. He is passionate about increasing access to high quality laboratory diagnostic services to the population of East Africa through continuing medical education and research. Dr Mutuiri is a member of the Kenya Association of Clinical Pathologists and the East African Division of the International Academy Pathology. 

Dr Andrew Nyerere
Dr Andrew Nyerere is a microbiologist with special interest in the epidemiology of antimicrobial resistance and diagnostic microbiology. Dr. Nyerere is currently head of Department of Microbiology in the College of Health Sciences at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and has been instrumental in designing Microbiology teaching and training programmes. He has also served in various committees including JICA’s AFRICA-ai-JAPAN project. Dr. Nyerere holds Masters and PhD Degrees in Microbiology from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. He has professional training in Medical Laboratory Sciences from the same institution. He has also short courses training in Microbiology and Molecular Biology from Otto-von Guericke University of Magdeburg-Germany and Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. He has membership of professional bodies including the Infection Prevention and Control Network, Kenya and an affiliate member of the Infection Prevention and Control Africa Network.

Dr Tanuja Shet
Dr Tanuja Shet is a Professor and Head, Pathology, Tata Mmeorial Centre, Mumbai, India. Her areas of interest include Surgical Pathology (Breast cancer and Urologic cancer, Molecular Diagnostics, Telemedicine and Research Bioethics Dr Tanuja Shet is a Professor & Pathologist at the Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai. She is a surgical pathologist with special interests in lymphomas and breast pathology. Her areas of research in lymphomas include nodular lymphocyte predominant Hodgkin’s lymphoma, PTCL, HIV associated lymphoma, Burkitts lymphomas and extranodal lymphomas. She has 18 grants for research including a INDOUS grant for HIV associated lymphoma and Department of biotechnology grant on Peripheral T cell lymphoma molecular abnormalities. She runs the National Cancer grid EQAS in Immunohistochemistry in India. Serves in Editorial board of IJPM and IJMSPO journals and is a reviewer for 15journals.Total publications – 145 Pubmed indexed, 20 chapters in textbooks.  

Dr Grace Kiraka
Dr Grace Kiraka She is a consultant Clinical Pathologist at M P Shah Hospital in Nairobi. She was awarded MBChB from University of Nairobi and MMed Clinical Pathology from Aga Khan University Hospital Nairobi. Her specialties are Haematology and Blood Transfusion. She recently trained in Therapeutic Apheresis and started the Therapeutic Apheresis unit at M P Shah in September 2018. She will be presenting on the experience of setting up a Therapeutic Apheresis unit, carrying out therapeutic red blood cell exchange procedures and plasma exchange procedures, and expected impact of red blood cell exchange in sickle cell disease management. 

Dr Marcellin Champagnat Mugabe
Dr Marcellin Champagnat Mugabe is a Rwandan pathologist currently working at Butaro Hospital/ Butaro Cancer Center of Excellence in Rwanda since Sept 2017. He is also recently been elected Secretary of Rwanda Society of Pathologists since June 2019. He graduated from the University of Rwanda in 2017 with a degree of Master of Medicine in Anatomical Pathology.Dr Champagnat attended Medical school from 2004 to 2010 at the same University ( University of Rwanda) and after completion got a Bachelor’s degree in General Medicine and Surgery. He has worked as a General Practionner at a District Hospital in Rwanda from 2010 to 2011 and in 2013 and also served the United Nations Mission in South Soudan In 2012 as a Medical officer of the Rwandan contingent Protection Force. 

Dr Alice Kanyua
Dr Alice Kanyua is a Clinical Pathologist at The Nairobi Hospital. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Medicine and Surgery (MBChB) from The University of Nairobi and a postgraduate degree in Clinical Pathology (MMed Clin Path) from The Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi. She has worked in several hospitals including Aga Khan Hospitals (Nairobi and Dar es Salaam) and The Karen Hospital. Dr Kanyua has been part of the multidisciplinary Candida auris investigation team at The Nairobi Hospital, as the laboratory lead. She will be presenting on a validated protocol for Candida auris screening and antifungal sensitivity screening that was developed in collaboration with teams from CDC Atlanta, USA and the National Institute for Communicable Diseases, and University of Wits, South Africa.

Dr Amakove Wala
Dr Amakove Wala She has more than 15 years’ experience spanning the fields of health systems strengthening for universal health coverage, health care policy development, pharmaceutical medicine and clinical research. She is known and respected for program refinements and building credibility and partnerships across cultures and with leading national and international private, public, and non-profit health sector stakeholders. She has participated in the development of key national and international policies and guidelines across many African countries. She has served as organization representative at national and international forums, conferences, technical working groups, and advisory boards. 


Dr Mkhoi L Mkhoi
Dr. Mkhoi L Mkhoi is a medical doctor, medical microbiologist and immunologist at the University of Dodoma and Benjamin Mkapa Hospital. He completed his undergraduate training in doctor of medicine at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences in 2008 and then completed residency training in Medical Microbiology and Immunology at the same University in 2013. He joined the University of Dodoma in 2010 and has worked as faculty since then. He has been instrumental in coordination of laboratory set up with regard to envisioned kidney transplant services at the University of Dodoma and Benjamin Mkapa Hospital. His interests are in Immunological, microbiological and molecular diagnostics, immunopathogenic mechanisms of Infectious diseases and antimicrobial drug resistance.